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With a population of over 193 million, Brazil is the largest country in South America. The country’s capital is Brasilia, but there are other cities which are both more popular and larger, such as São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is a federative republic, with a a government system divided into three spheres: the Federal District, the States, and the Municipalities.

Best known for its football performances, it’s coffee production, it’s gorgeous beaches, and the Brazilian Carnival, the country is a destination favoured by millions of tourists who also enjoy the country’s warm and sunny tropical climate. A particular attraction is the Amazon rainforest, with more than half of its entire surface being located on Brazilian territory. For anyone wishing to pay a visit to Brazil, they should know that its currency is the Real (BRL).

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Ever since it gained its independence from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves, back in 1825, the country has worked hard at creating a prosperous economy and has invested heavily in the industry sector. Currently, Brazil is the world’s 7th largest economy and its economy  is sustained by both tourism revenues and by the country’s major exports, which include automobiles, aircraft components, textiles, and footwear.

The official language is Portuguese, although it does differ a little bit, especially when it comes to pronunciation, from the language spoken in Portugal. There’s even a museum in São Paolo that’s especially dedicated to the Portuguese language. In 2005, Brazil’s National Congress also regulated  sign language, which is now used in education and other services provided by the government.  

 

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